Folger Shakespeare Library

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201 East Capitol Street Southeast, Washington, DC, USA
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WalterC WalterC
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Worth visiting if time and energy permits, and if fan of Shakespeare Jul 16, 2016
Located farther away from the Capitol, and behind the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, the Folger Shakespeare Library is an attraction that focuses on the works and legacy of English playwright, William Shakespeare.

Opened in 1932, the Folger Shakespeare Library was established by Henry Clay Folger. But he did not live see it open, as he died in 1930. He had collected a bunch of Shakespeare’s works over his lifetime, as this library was all about the playwright.

There are only a couple of the permanent exhibits. One of them is the Great Hall, which has a copy of the 1623 First Folio of Shakespeare. The First Folio is the first collection of Shakespeare’s works, put together sometime after William’s death. If not for this, then some of his works would have been lost forever. In the same room, there is a rotating exhibition of artifacts, relating to Shakespeare, and the plays that have been performed over the years. This is worth a look. The other is the theater, where plays are performed. Not really much to see, unless there is a performance there.

And in the long hallway, between these 2 parts, is a temporary exhibition, on something relating to Shakespeare. It may be of some interest to those who have interest in William Shakespeare.

A short attraction, this place is worth a look if already in the area and still have enough time and energy. But other than seeing the First Folio, this place is nothing special! It may be worth a look for Shakespeare fans, depending on the current temporary rotating exhibition, but for non-fans, I think it can be skipped.
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Great Hall
portrait of Queen Elizabeth I
display of items, relating to Shak…
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Zagnut66 says:
There is a theater inside where they put on plays and music from the Elizabethan era, but usually only on weekends.
Posted on: Sep 22, 2016
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